Homemade Anvil Made From a Wheel?

  • Published on Jan 4, 2019
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    This video shows how we made two anvils from a solid steel wheel. We started with a scrapyard steel wheel from a large industrial machine, had it cut then machined the surface, welded bases on and heat treated them. This wheel was hardened around the outer diameter. I believe its made of 4140. I usually do most of the work but in this video my sons did all of the work. They will be appearing more in our future videos. This project is the start of putting a blacksmith area in our shop.
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  • Maximum Hamster
    Maximum Hamster 7 days ago

    Says "homemade" and works with industrial machines for at least 50k...

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  7 days ago

      I wish my machines were worth that much! Hah! I have $650 total in the saw and mill you seen me use in this video. Anybody can get machines like these cheap! I restored the saw but the mill is exactly as I bought it. Everything we did on this project could have been done with grinders, a hand drill and a welder. Thanks for watching.

  • Mike Kia
    Mike Kia 21 day ago

    Nice job

  • stan brown
    stan brown Month ago

    Had fun watching you guy's go at it. Lots of labor in those anvils but worth every minute in experience and just plain ol fun in the shop.

  • ETI
    ETI Month ago

    Very positive lads, I'm impressed, both with your age and the quality of your work. Thanks for uploading, keep it up.

  • shawbros
    shawbros Month ago

    I would have kept the wheel as-is.
    It would make a nice paperweight.

  • Jrocket261
    Jrocket261 Month ago +1

    Where did u get the wheel

  • Mingo Hernandez
    Mingo Hernandez Month ago

    That's was just.cool

  • Vicente Diaz
    Vicente Diaz Month ago +1

    Get a ball bearing and show us the rebound and sound, did you annealed them after tempering?

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  Month ago

      I plan on making a bigger anvil with a horn and hardie hole. When I do that project I'll be sure to show the testing. We tested these but didn't get it on video. Thanks for watching!

  • ahmed Ennechta
    ahmed Ennechta 2 months ago

    GΓ©ant work ! Great talent !

  • Race
    Race 2 months ago

    Sorry to sound ignorant, What type of Wheel is this? A train wheel ??? Super interested in what it is.

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  2 months ago

      It was from a machine that ran on railroad type track at a wood mill. They had some with rims also just like what you'd see on a train only smaller. Thanks for watching!

  • bomaite1
    bomaite1 2 months ago

    What is the step for?

  • mark simmons
    mark simmons 2 months ago

    xlnt work !!! now what do we use them for ???

  • Vince Nguyen
    Vince Nguyen 2 months ago

    how heavy?

  • Frank Hurlburt
    Frank Hurlburt 2 months ago

    Nice to have all the right equipment to make it.

  • Concerned
    Concerned 3 months ago

    Very nice!

  • Frank Artieta
    Frank Artieta 3 months ago +1

    I think if ancient blacksmiths
    Would have had access to steel
    modern machine tools and welding equipment
    There would not the first cast anvil ever had been built !
    I only dream of having a anvil as nice as one like these !

  • Anthony Sanford
    Anthony Sanford 3 months ago

    Your dad taught you well

  • Leonard Urban
    Leonard Urban 3 months ago

    What was that wheel for in the first place--I want to ask a locaL scrapyard for one of those...

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  3 months ago +1

      It's a wheel from a machine that runs on a track like railroad. You can also find these used as thrust wheel on trommels, debarkers, big driers pretty much any large drum that rotates has one or more.

    • Anthony Sanford
      Anthony Sanford 3 months ago

      It's like a flywheel from some sort of machine

  • Dan Kershaw
    Dan Kershaw 3 months ago

    Well they are a lot flatter than my anvil, nice!

  • archangel20031
    archangel20031 3 months ago


    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  3 months ago

      Well if you work in a machine shop every day you get used to the idea that you have to sweep the floor every day. Clearing chips from your part and vise happens pretty much every cut and a shop vac isn't very efficient for that. Also, I do use a vac sometimes when I'm cutting dry, like cast iron. Thanks for watching and for your input.

  • Tricknologyinc
    Tricknologyinc 3 months ago +5

    Try "Shop Made". What home has a milling machine like that! :P

    • John Hatfield
      John Hatfield 2 hours ago

      I know of 10 home shops off the top of my head that have a mill and lathe

  • uncletoy
    uncletoy 3 months ago +1

    Ok wait I'm just learning but you guys just hardened them that make them hard yes but brittle so that wouldn't work for an anvil. You have to anneal them which is medium heat for 30/45 minutes correct

    • guerogordotube
      guerogordotube 3 months ago

      Case hardened, so like a shell of hardened steel around a softer core

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  3 months ago +1

      No they aren't brittle. If we would have quenched at a high enough temp then maybe they would get that hard. We did a file test and if anything they could stand to be a tad harder.

  • Yahochanan
    Yahochanan 3 months ago +1

    Too bad you didn't hit them with a hammer so we could hear them ring. Nice job though.

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  3 months ago

      Yeah sorry we didn't think of that. Next time we'll show the testing. Thanks for watching!

  • Bru Star
    Bru Star 3 months ago

    Anybody else have the impression this was not those kids first rodeo? Dang; if I was their dad, they'd be getting a big plasma cutter for X-mas.

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  3 months ago

      It was their first time on the mill and their first welding job also. They practiced welding about an hour. Thanks for watching!

  • Bru Star
    Bru Star 3 months ago

    When you're getting those nice tight curled chips during your end-mill cutting it shows you've got a good feel for feeds and speeds. Noticed you also torch softened up the outer edge of the wheel before cutting. Smart stuff.

  • james fisher
    james fisher 3 months ago

    I agree with the other fellow. Stamp date and very excellent job. Thank you Jim Fisher.

  • Myk Streja
    Myk Streja 3 months ago

    I love the McGyver elements. Your sons have the fire and the will, keep fanning the flames and they will surpass you.

  • Heliarc Bloodbath
    Heliarc Bloodbath 3 months ago

    Too bad you guys didnt xhow a rebound test at the end of the video. I scored a 120lb machinist block that was used for setting up mill housings on an old Ingersol. The block had a saddle on one side so my company retired it. After some milling and heat treatment it makes an excellent anvil

  • Listillo Lordoc
    Listillo Lordoc 3 months ago

    I worked as an engineer, machinists, tool and die maker for the better part of 30 years. What’s funny is every time he’d strike the arc welder, my natural reaction was to close my eyes and/or look away. Lol, I guess old habits die hard.

  • Mitch Langston
    Mitch Langston 3 months ago

    I love videos described as β€œhomemade” that immediately jump into using a machine shop or equipment that costs thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars.

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  3 months ago

      Well Mitch your right, we did not make the anvils in our home, busted. The term "homemade" is more for youtube searchers looking for non-factory construction and I use it loosely. This is how the vast majority of youtube users search this type of video. By the way, I paid $700 for the mill, and $300 for the saw, those are the only machine shop tools you saw us use in this video. The wheel came pre-cut and the milling operation could have been accomplished with an angle grinder and a cutt-off wheel. The saw cuts could have been accomplished with the same grinder or a torch. Thanks for the input and thanks for watching.

  • Dwayne Whitaker
    Dwayne Whitaker 3 months ago

    Your gonna go far kids

  • Mikelino Ferrara
    Mikelino Ferrara 3 months ago

    Why didn't you make one with a point cone, > on one end, and leave one the same.?

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  3 months ago

      These anvils will be used mainly for knifemaking so we won't need a horn. We do plan on building a bigger anvil soon with a horn and a hardy hole. Thanks for watching!

  • J S Rocker
    J S Rocker 3 months ago

    Very nice job young men.

  • mercoid
    mercoid 3 months ago

    It Moo Moo boat anvil

  • Jason Zee
    Jason Zee 3 months ago +1

    Not everybody has a machine shop!

  • Chuck Coy
    Chuck Coy 3 months ago

    How many people have a tool and die shop in their home?

    • Chuck Coy
      Chuck Coy 3 months ago

      @Greenridge Metal Works You make cool stuff. I mean no harm. Its just when i saw the title i thought it was something i could do at home. Best wishes to you and your channel.

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  3 months ago

      Ironically, I do have a kitchen in my machine shop. You see, there is an apartment inside my machine shop! Also, that was my attempt at humor.

    • Chuck Coy
      Chuck Coy 3 months ago

      @Greenridge Metal Works What? That makes absolutely no sense. If this were a cooking channel you be making food in a kitchen which all homes have.

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  3 months ago

      If this was a cooking channel would you say "how many people have a kitchen in their machine shop?". 😏

  • MarkH10
    MarkH10 3 months ago +1

    Paint! I'd paint them.
    Excellent work.
    How much was the wheel??

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  3 months ago

      It got it with some other stuff but I'd guess it was about $15. Thanks for watching!

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    Ngaihawma chhangte 3 months ago


  • Johnny Martin
    Johnny Martin 3 months ago

    Nice work guys. I wish I would have gotten into metal work. But I followed my Dad and became a master Carpenter

    • Johnny Martin
      Johnny Martin 3 months ago

      @Greenridge Metal Works The skills you guys have I think you can do it. Start small do a coffee table. I wish I could post some pics of the stairs I have done.

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  3 months ago +1

      I love to work with wood, I wish I had more experience.

  • matt minahan
    matt minahan 3 months ago


  • Josh Toponce
    Josh Toponce 3 months ago

    Very cool

  • Sankai tv
    Sankai tv 4 months ago

    very cool anvil I like that

  • William Chase
    William Chase 4 months ago

    Excellent video! What was the final weight?

  • Fred Quimby
    Fred Quimby 4 months ago +1

    Nice job. The anvils look awesome. If I ever make one that way I'd put a rounded horn on it to do curves and such.

  • Nado Figueiredo
    Nado Figueiredo 4 months ago +3

    I was in a junkyard these days, I saw a steel wheel and thought about making the anvil the same way, but as the wheel I saw was even bigger I thought of making the horn too.

  • E Flo
    E Flo 4 months ago +1

    That’s awesome that you have your boys in the shop. It will serve them good as they grow into men. Might want to put a ring on the top side of that log to keep it solid for decades. I have a random question for you: β€œ what price tag would you put on one of those anvils?”

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  4 months ago +1

      Well if they were for sale, and they aren't, based on the labor that went into them I'd have to ask at least $150 each, maybe more. For the weight it may be cheaper to buy a factory made one. Thanks for the input.

  • Van Stiller
    Van Stiller 4 months ago +1

    SSSOOO Satisfying. You boys brought tears to this ol welder / fabricators eyes. Worked 37 yrs. for a refuse company. Garbage trucks, giant compactors, roll off containers and the like. Those crews sure tore up some equipment regular like. I so loved welding, swingin a hammer on glowin hot steel and fabricatin stuff. There was nothin we couldn't - black smith make. - So loved when the office folk'd come over to the shop area and try 'n explain what they wanted / needed. And we'de diagram it out for em on our giant welding table with a nub of chalk. They'de say - YEAH - YEAH THAT'S IT can you guys do that??? Can ya make that??? Course we knew we could. But we'de have a little fun with the Boss's son and some times the Boss hisself. But we'de get er done. And most times exceed their expectations. I surely thank you for yer fine videos.

  • ΓΆmer alsheheme
    ΓΆmer alsheheme 4 months ago +1


  • TheDragorin
    TheDragorin 4 months ago +4

    those were some awful deep cuts you were making through hardened steel on your mill

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  4 months ago +3

      It was only hard around the outer diameter. It was still tough to machine though. Thanks for watching!

  • Gilgamesh
    Gilgamesh 4 months ago

    Homemade? I wish I had those machining tools at home.

  • CaZ ThA MaNiAK
    CaZ ThA MaNiAK 4 months ago

    Can I buy one?

  • Gino Gambino
    Gino Gambino 4 months ago

    You guys did a good jobπŸ‘

  • adam nurdin
    adam nurdin 4 months ago +3

    If i had that machinery, i would add a hardie hole in the back.
    And you remind me that i still got a flywheel on my uncle's garage. Perhaps i'll make anvil like yours.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  4 months ago +3

      Well a square hole that deep is no easy chore. Also, these anvils will be mainly for knifemaking so the Hardie hole won't be missed much. Next one will get a horn and Hardie hole! Thanks for watching!

  • Jason Kotolski
    Jason Kotolski 4 months ago

    That's wheelie neat.

  • cream bun
    cream bun 4 months ago +1

    It makes square horse shoes.

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  4 months ago

      Hah! That's funny. Actually these anvils will be used mainly for knifemaking. Later on we plan to make one with a horn.

  • Al Morrison
    Al Morrison 4 months ago

    No horn or hardie hole ?

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  4 months ago

      These simple anvils are going to be used mainly for knife making. Later on as we get more into blacksmithing we plan to build a bigger anvil with a horn and hardie hole.

  • Luke 12365698
    Luke 12365698 4 months ago

    Where'd they get a mill from at that age and in the background looked like maybe a surface grinder as well πŸ˜‚ I want one πŸ˜‚

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  4 months ago

      There are three of us at Greenridge Metal Works, our dad and the two of us. Our dad has been collecting the tools to build a machine shop for several years. The larger machines came from an estate auction, the rest just accumulated over the years. Thanks for watching!

  • Omega Prime81
    Omega Prime81 4 months ago

    for get to turn on the microphone then make a joke about the hearing impaired real smooth m8 was loving the video until that point

    • Omega Prime81
      Omega Prime81 4 months ago

      @Greenridge Metal Works sorry yeah m8 bad jk it seems but really good video haven't seen that used to make an anvil before.

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  4 months ago

      I hope your teasing ..πŸ€”

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  4 months ago

      I was not making fun of anyone except for myself for forgetting to turn the mic on. How are subtitles demeaning?

  • rico silvas
    rico silvas 4 months ago

    twins πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈπŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

  • Mike H
    Mike H 4 months ago

    If my dad had a shop like this when I was their age... well the sky’s the limit

    • Greenridge Metal Works
      Greenridge Metal Works  4 months ago

      What privilege? We live in the second poorest state in the union, barely make it check to check!